This is my final list of 2013 favorites. I enjoy nonfiction, and always end the year wishing I'd read more. This year is no different in that respect, but it is unique in that all of my nonfiction favorites happen to be audiobooks. I also seem to have zeroed in on two main topics this year: food and the Kennedys.
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy
by David Nasaw
narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
At 31 hours, this may well be my longest audiobook ever. Learning about Joseph P. Kennedy's life is essential to understanding the Kennedy mystique, and Malcolm Hillgartner is a new favorite narrator.
JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President
by Thurston Clarke
Narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner
An examination of Kennedy's last few months, from both political and personal perspectives. The unique format begins at Day 100 in August 1963 and counts down to that fateful day in November.
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
by Michael Moss
narrated by Scott Brick
This book first struck me as nostalgic (remember all the great breakfast cereals of the 1970s?), but slowly drove me to outrage. If you eat, you must read this book.
Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
by Michael Pollan
narrated by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan has done it again. Cooked chronicles his three-year adventure learning, and trying to perfect, techniques involved in barbecue, braising, bread baking, and fermenting. Who knew he was such a fantastic audiobook narrator?